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Liberty Men's Cross Country Ranked Fifth in Initial USTFCCCA Regional Poll, Receives Votes in National Poll

September 13, 2006
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Jordan McDougal (L) and Jarvis Jelen

Jordan McDougal (L) and Jarvis Jelen

The Liberty University men's cross country team is ranked fifth in the Southeast Region and has been included in the "also receiving votes" category in the initial installment of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national Division I poll.

The Flames, coming off a team title at Saturday's Lou Onesty Invitational, actually defeated the top two teams in the regional poll, William & Mary and Virginia, at that event.  The first and second finishers at the Nov. 11 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional meet will earn automatic qualification to the NCAA Division I National Championship meet, to be contested Nov. 20.  Liberty finished ninth at the regional meet a season ago.

N.C. State and Duke were the other two squads ranked ahead of Liberty in this week's regional poll, taking third and fourth place, respectively.  The Wolfpack were additionally one of the 10 teams included along with Liberty in the "also receiving votes" section of the national poll.

Defending national champion Wisconsin sits atop the national rankings to start the 2006 season.  The Badgers are slated to run at the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 23, which is Liberty's next meet.

William & Mary (25th) and Virginia (26th) were the Southeast Region teams included in the national top 30 listing.
 
USTFCCCA Preseason Division I Men's Cross Country Poll
Southeast Region
1) William & Mary
2) Virginia
3) N.C. State
4) Duke
5) Liberty
6) Louisville
7) Norfolk State
8) Wake Forest
9) Eastern Kentucky
10) James Madison
11) Virginia Tech
12) Coastal Carolina
13) North Carolina
14) Clemson
15) Charlotte